Comparative and International Law relating to Forced Marriage

February 4, 2008 • Reproductive Health, News

From the Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme.

Congratulations to Nadine Dostrovsky, Rebecca Cook and Michael Gagnon upon the dissemination of their “Annotated Bibliography on Comparative and International Law relating to Forced Marriage,” recently published online on the Canadian Department of Justice website:

A forced marriage occurs when people are coerced into a marriage against their will and under duress, which can include both physical and emotional pressure. A forced marriage is very different from an arranged marriage in which the free and informed consent of both parties is present. Due to its confusion with the tradition of arranged marriage, forced marriage is often associated in developed states with South Asian immigrants, but it is important to remember that it occurs across many cultures and religions.

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